Winky D and ace producer, Oskid are at war over Oskid’s digital tags which have been removed from all the songs he produced on Winky D’s new album.
As the producer of the whole album, Oskid had imprinted his digital tag on the songs but Winky D’s camp decided to have the tags removed from the songs. Winky D has already released one of the singles, “Panorwadza Moyo”, which features Oliver Mtukudzi, without the Oskid Productions tag, prompting the producer to remake the beat and release his own saxophone version.
“I signed some contracts with Winky D and we agreed on a lot of stuff. We agreed that he would pay us less and that we would put our tags on all the songs that we would have produced, of course for our own marketing purposes.
“When I finished the project I had put my tag (Oskid Productions) on all the songs and we were on the same page but to my surprise one day he called telling me that he had talked to his team and agreed that I should come and remove all the tags on the songs,” said Oskid.
Oskid said he told Winky D that it was not possible since he had produced all the songs and it was not what they had agreed to but the latter insisted.“I quickly informed my management team and we had to go to our lawyers since he was not cooperating and the lawyers wrote his team an email. I personally called him and he said, ‘Jahman, itai yamurikuita ini ndoita yandirikuita’ (do what you are doing and I will do what I am doing), a response I did not expect from a person like Winky D.”
Oskid said he was angered by the release of “Panorwadza Moyo” without his tag, which is ironic considering the title of the song. The producer is still trying to figure out why Winky D does not want people to know that he is the man behind his upcoming album.
“I am the one who produced the whole album, I put a lot of effort in it and sacrificed my time to work on the project. After the release of ‘Panorwadza Moyo’, I had to remake the beat from scratch and did the saxophone version, which is now in the streets,” fumed Oskid. Oskid pointed out that most of the time artistes want to take all the credit for the music, ignoring the producers’ input.
“In a normal setup, a producer makes the beat and the artiste comes up with the lyrics, which means the effort we put is 50/ 50. I think for our music to grow in Zimbabwe there is need to recognise our producers and give them the credit that they deserve,” reasoned the award-winning producer.
Winky D’s manager Jonathan Banda denied knowledge of any fallout between their camp and that of Oskid.
“I don’t know anything about what you are talking about. From our camp we don’t know anything so basically we don’t have a side to your story,” said Banda.